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|Concept Mapping Narratives to Promote CSCL and Interdisciplinary Studies
|Lansiquot, Reneta D.
|International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
|Lansiquot, R. D. & Cabo, C. (2015). Concept Mapping Narratives to Promote CSCL and Interdisciplinary Studies In Lindwall, O., Häkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. Ludvigsen, S. (Eds.) (2015). Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Volume 2. Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
|Concept maps are used to organize and represent information. In the context of creating narratives, concept maps can be used to represent the elements of a plot and/or the relationships between characters. Concept mapping has been shown to be an effective pre-writing strategy leading to an improvement in student writing. We have investigated the use of concept maps to help students develop narratives in an introductory undergraduate English composition course. We found that students participating in an interdisciplinary learning community (LC) who implement their narratives collaboratively as a video game using computer programming produce better concept maps than students in a traditional English composition course. We conclude that the synergies that develop between English composition and computer programming in the interdisciplinary context of a LC result in more effective concept maps leading to an improvement in students’ performance in English composition courses.
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